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Scottish Cup (4th Round)
Andis Shala for Johnny Russell (58)
Danny Cadamarteri for Jon Daly (58)
Martin Scott for Michael Gardyne (87)
Garry Wood for Iain Vigurs (89)
Prince Buaben (57)
Barry Douglas (90)
Willie Collum (Referee)
United face a tricky Scottish Cup replay at Victoria Park next Tuesday after being held by First Division Ross
County. Despite numerous chances in the second half, the visitors deserved to force a third cup clash between the sides this season.
For a cup tie, the early exchanges lacked any bite. United enjoyed the bulk of possession but created nothing in the way of a clear-cut chance while Ross County were unable to penetrate the final third of the pitch as the ball stayed mired in midfield or flew harmlessly through to the goalkeepers at each end. United finally won their first corner after 18 minutes but the resultant Barry Douglas corner failed to find a United head. Five minutes later, United fashioned their first chance. Paul Dixon flighted a free kick into the box which found Garry Kenneth at the backpost. His knockdown fell into the path of Barry Douglas but he failed to trouble McGovern from a tricky angle inside the box. In the 30th minute, lain Vigurs had County's first effort on goal but his 35-yard trundler failed to trouble Pernis. Minutes later Jason Marr had to clear a Morgaro Gomis cross from off the goal-line when McGovern was beaten. Gomis then popped up on the left but his well-struck curling half-volley was always going wide of McGovern's left-hand post and it was a relief all round when a scrappy 45 minutes came to an end.
There was more action in the opening ten minutes of the second half than the whole of the first and the first chance fell to the visitors as a neat ball in from Vigurs to Andy Barrowman allowed the big striker a snapshot at goal but, with the ball already going wide, Pernis made sure by palming it behind from close range. Four minutes later County had the ball in the net, but Flynn was adjudged to have fouled Pernis with the whistle having gone long before Barrowman prodded it beyond the stricken United 'keeper. On 55 minutes, McGovern saved acrobatics from Daly, initially parrying his effort before grabbing it at the second attempt. It was to be Daly's final contribution as Peter Houston swapped things about up front with the United captain being replaced by Danny Cadamarteri while Johnny Russell made way for Andis Shala. Scott Robertson was next to threaten, playing a neat one-two with Buaben but his shot from just inside the County box curled wide off the post. A minute later, the home side came very close with their best chance of the match. A hanging Cadamarteri cross was missed by Shala, but dropped to Gomis at the far post who fired a first-time shot that McGovern block at point blank range. The energetic Cadamarteri then got the better of Marr on the left but the striker's shot was high and wide as he found some space to bear down on goal. As United continued to press, Paul Dixon was almost an unlikely scorer forcing McGovern to tip his cross-cum-shot over the bar. From the resultant Barry Douglas corner a Robertson shot was blocked on the line by Stuart Kettlewell. Then Shala couldn't get the vital touch to a Cadamarteri cutback. The final chance fell to Buaben, but his low shot from ten yards lacked power and was comfortably gathered by a grateful McGovern.
Man of the Match: Morgaro Gomis. He worked hard throughout the 90 minutes on a day when United could have played all day and not scored.
|Dušan Perniš (GK)||26||21||-||46||-|
|Andis Shala (sub)||22||6||-||29||2|
|Danny Cadamarteri (sub)||31||13||-||37||4|
No league table has been added for this season.
Welcome back to Tannadice after our long enforced winter shut down and firstly can I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year. How ironic that our first foots are Ross County whom we have met so often in both cup competitions of late and, of course, are the side that we defeated on that memorable day last May to win the Scottish Cup. Of course, we have already met them this season when we had our now seemingly annual joust with them in the League Cup and had a very, very difficult tie up in Dingwall. Indeed, they took us to extra-time before we edged through by the odd goal in three. So it is a great pleasure to welcome Ross County to Tannadice. I have terrific respect for the people who run the club. They are a very well organised club with a great set up, great training facilities, and a good new manger in Willie McStay. After working so long at reserve and youth team level, he recently had managerial experience in Hungary and will be looking to build on that with his managerial job in this country. He has taken over a club with a bunch of players who are a credit to their football club and are a side that is very difficult to beat. the plus side it the irst time we have been handed a time, but in a way it makes it even more dangerous because all the onus is on us to try and win the match. That can make you vulnerable at the back to possible breakaways, so we must ensure that we go about our business cautiously - like we did in the cup final in many ways. A lot of people expected us to go gung-ho against County, which we tried to do, but Ross County sat in against us. And only be excelling ourselves in the second half were we able to bring the cup back to Tannadice, but no disrespect to Ross County who played very well on the day. They worked very hard, but fortunately, we got the goals at the right time. Today will be a great day and a big occasion for the club as we begin the defence of the trophy. watched Ross County against Dundee last Sunday and their team is along much the same lines as it was last season. Also. we know from past experience against them that we will have to be at our very best to get through to the next round.